Oh boy. I completely now what you mean, purple murphy. In the day and age where work is basically the only thing anyone expects of you without question, finding a job that is a)good and
perfect for someone with IBS is a near impossibility. What's happening, sadly, is thatwe are letting our IBS find a job for us,rather than us find a job and make the IBS work itself around the job. That could be said for a lot of IBS related anxiety though I suppose. I am trying t be a teacher, I'm 29, and in the last leg of my graduate program here in the states. I have to work as a student teacher in a school district assigned to me for three months. Not only is the overall experience anxiety inducing to a totally normal person, it is damn near causing me to quit the whole program just to avoid it. The number one thing about it that scares me most, and this ties into your issue, is that by completing this student teaching, I will be done with the program and searching for teaching jobs for real. I am worried that I will just be applying and applying to hundreds of teaching jobs but turning them down or not being aggressive with them bc deep down I have stupid IBS reasons motivating my actions. Everyone in my life is tired of me being a student, I HAVE to get a job. And NOT f$&@ it up due to IBS. Bc though my family and boyfriend are supportive of my stomach issues, they will not fully excuse from the basic social expectation of work. There is no teaching job that is good for a teacher with IBS. Everything that makes me nervous in life, is associated with a teaching career: early morning respnsibilities, observations, public speaking, pressure from the state, parental expectations, the KIDS themselves... Like why would I ever decide that this is what i am going to do with my life? What the hell was I thinking? I got IBS post infection. I got a terrible food poisoning attack, got colitis, and never really recovered. If I have something Like a job interview, I freak out and cancel. Much like you, I often feel like turning down jobs..and often do. I've been unemployed this summer so far, and could I have gone into the mall and looked for something for the summer? Of course. But did I? No. Someone above mentioned the pet store being a good place to work. I actually pet sit and just signed on to take more jobs through another company. It's relaxing and you more or less work for yourself. Best yet, you're in HOUSES not offices and can use a real live bathroom whenever you want. There's frequently low pressure as fas as timing goes so that's flexible. Maybe try that. Of course you'll need to be a pet person ahhaha.. There's other stuff to can do. House sitting, or care taking of property. Sell things on eBay for people. I'm just throwing things out ther now ahah .. Anyway.. It's been a year since this thread started but I hope all has been. For you recently. You are not alone. I have terrible anxiety as well. The IBS and the anxiety are like contingent upon each other and forma vicious cycle.